The Mets’ biggest hits lately have been to their roster, and they suffered two more Friday.
Closer Jeurys Familia hit the disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, with a sore right shoulder. The Mets also scratched Noah Syndergaard from his scheduled start Sunday after he experienced swelling in his strained right index finger.
That weakens the Mets’ starting pitching for at least this weekend’s series against the Yankees and significantly lessens their bullpen depth, with Seth Lugo slotting into Syndergaard’s start.
“No matter how many [injuries] you have, you have to have guys that step up and get the job done,” Mickey Callaway said. “It can’t be an excuse. You don’t want to write the season off because you’re having injuries. We still have major-league players out there that need to go out and get the job done.”
The Mets recalled right hander Jacob Rhame from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Familia’s roster spot.
Callaway said Familia complained of the shoulder issue Wednesday after pitching the eighth inning and allowing the only run in a loss to Baltimore.
Familia’s MRI was “pretty clean,” Callaway said. “We thought it was best to put him on the DL and give him a little rest. Symptoms are more of what we’re treating. We’re optimistic at this point [that Familia can come off the DL when eligible]. Obviously with any DL stint, you can’t put a time frame on anything because we know how those go.”
Callaway said the soreness is not believed to be related to his 2017 surgery to repair a blood clot near his right shoulder.
It’s not clear who will close in Familia’s absence. Robert Gsellman has received a couple of recent save opportunities and Anthony Swarzak also is an option.
“With Familia out, I still feel like we have some good options we could go to,” Callaway said. “We’ll have to see what the inning dictates at that point.”
Familia had been enjoying a rebound year after a bad 2017, posting a 2.48 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 28 games. He endured relative struggles recently, however, allowing four runs in his past seven innings (six games).
The Mets had Syndergaard re-evaluated Thursday after he experienced “a little bit of swelling and a little bit of discomfort” in his right index finger after playing catch, Callaway said.
Out since May 25, he is penciled in for a few days off and likely a bullpen session Tuesday.
“It’s something we knew could happen,” Callaway said. “That’s why we threw a sim game [Tuesday] instead of throwing him in an actual game. I think we probably did the right thing there. We would love for him to pitch on Sunday. That’s not the case. Seth Lugo’s going to step up and do a good job in his stead.”
Yoenis Cespedes (right hip flexor strain) joined Double-A Binghamton for a rehabilitation assignment Friday. He went 0-for-2 as the DH and is to play leftfield for the Rumble Ponies on Saturday. “And then kind of go from there,” Callaway said.
Cespedes said he plans to rejoin the Mets Tuesday in Atlanta. “I’m working very hard to get back and help the team get on the winning track,” he told the Asbury Park Press in Trenton. “For the way the team is playing right now, even if I’m doing very well, if the team remains playing this way, I don’t think it’s going to help, but I’m eager to get back.”
Notes & quotes: After being designated for assignment this week, lefthander Buddy Baumann and utilityman Phillip Evans cleared waivers and were sent to Las Vegas . . . The Mets promoted righthander Justin Dunn, their first-round draft pick in 2016, to Binghamton. He is to pitch Sunday at Trenton. In nine starts for high Class A St. Lucie, Dunn, 22, had a 2.36 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 51 strikeouts (15 walks) in 45 2⁄3 innings.
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